Vettel takes pole in Abu Dhabi

World Champion Sebastian Vettel pulled out a sensational lap at the death to take pole position from Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.He matched Nigel Mansell’s record of 14 pole positions after taking pole today

Q1

As usual the 6 drivers from the ”new” teams were knocked out with Kovalainen once again been the fastest of them.Barrichello didn’t even set a time after an oil leak problem in FP3 meant he couldn’t get out in time to set a laptime.

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the session

18.Heikki Kovalainen 1:42.979

19.Jarno Trulli 1:43.884

20.Timo Glock 1:44.515

21.Daniel Ricciardo 1:44.641

22.Jerome D’Ambrosio 1:44.699

23.Vitantonio Liuzzi 1:45.159

24.Rubens Barrichello No Time

Q2

Hamilton went fastest again in this session with the fastest time of the weekend which would not be beaten in Q3,from Vettel by less than a tenth of a second.

The 2 Sauber’s,Toro Rossos,Renaults(these 6 were covered by 4 tenths) and Pastor Maldonado were knocked out in this session.

11.Sergio Perez 1:40.874

12.Vitaly Petrov 1:40.919

13.Sebastien Buemi 1:41.009

14.Bruno Senna 1:41.079

15.Jaime Alguersuari 1:41.162

16.Kamui Kobaysahi 1:41.240

17.Pastor Maldonado 1:41.760

Q3

Hamilton went fastest on the first run in this session by less than half a tenth from Vettel,with Webber 3rd and Button 4th.

Button then went much faster on his second run and briefly took pole  before Hamilton then went 0.009 faster to take pole but behind them Vettel was on a stormer and he went fastest by over a tenth of a second.

Webber didn’t improve so was 4th,from Alonso,Massa,Rosberg,Schumacher,Sutil and Di Resta,Paul didn’t run in Q3.

1.Sebastian Vettel 1:38.481

2.Lewis Hamilton 1:38.622

3.Jenson Button 1:38.631

4.Mark Webber 1:38.858

5.Fernando Alonso 1:39.058

6.Felipe Massa 1:39.695

7.Nico Rosberg 1:39.773

8.Michael Schumacher 1:40.662

9.Adrian Sutil 1:40.768

10.Paul Di Resta No Time

Grid

1.Vettel

2.Hamilton

3.Button

4.Webber

5.Alonso

6.Massa

7.Rosberg

8.Schumacher

9.Sutil

10.Di Resta

11.Perez

12.Petrov

13.Buemi

14.Senna

15.Alguersuari

16.Kobayashi

17.Kovalainen

18.Trulli

19.Glock

20.Ricciardo

21.D’Ambrosio

22.Liuzzi

23.Barrichello

24.Maldonado(10 place grid penalty for using a ninth engine)

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